Remember him? Brooks was supposed to come in and be the long-ball bomber that Randy Moss, Jerry Porter & Co. needed to bring the vertical passing game back to Raider Nation. A slow start and then a strained pectoral muscle quickly dashed those grand plans--and landed Brooks on nearly every waiver heap in fantasyland. Well, he's back, and with Porter on the field again, Ronald Curry getting open regularly and Moss at last seemingly interested, Brooks has become a viable option as a fantasy backup. He even has the potential to put up big numbers just when you'd need them most: He has games against the Texans, Bengals and Rams in Weeks 13 through 15.
For a player, it's never a bad thing to hear your coach (and play-caller) tell reporters that he plans to get you more involved in the offense. Those welcome words reached Williams after Week 10, when he had caught Brian Billick's eye with several clutch third-down catches. Although Williams has just 13 receptions this year, he leads the team with 14.7 yards per grab. Along with the rest of those involved in Baltimore's passing game, his stock is rising.
Jackson and Malcom Floyd, another unheralded 6'5" wide receiver for San Diego, are starting to become prime targets, especially near the goal line; each has three touchdown catches. Like Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, Jackson is a former college basketball player (he led Northern Colorado in scoring and assists as a junior), which makes him a tough cover for smaller defensive backs, especially when he's running a corner fade in the end zone. Now that Philip Rivers is getting more comfortable as a pro passer, he's getting more latitude each week. Look for all the receivers' numbers to increase and for Jackson to become a go-to guy near the end zone when teams stack the line to contain LaDainian Tomlinson.
Like his older brother, Santana Moss of the Redskins, Sinorice is a speedy, elusive wideout and kick returner out of Miami who has the ability to score from anywhere on the field. Once his injured left quadriceps heals, the rookie will provide Eli Manning with a slot receiver who can also stretch the defense to open up the passing game. With Amani Toomer gone for the year, Moss's skills are sorely needed.
In training camp last year Chicago envisioned a lethal passing combo of Rex Grossman to Bradley. Injuries to both-- Bradley tore his ACL in October 2005 and suffered a high ankle sprain this season, while Grossman broke his ankle and missed the first 13 games last year--limited their playing time together. They finally clicked two weeks ago when Bradley invaded the Meadowlands: He had a four-catch, one-TD game against the Giants, then followed that with a four-catch, one-TD game against the Jets. With Muhsin Muhammad, Bernard Berrian and Rashied Davis, the Bears' receiving corps is one of the league's deepest, but Bradley could rival Muhammad as the best--and become a reliable second or third fantasy receiver.